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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 9-14, 2016

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0, 50 pts., .532 pts. percentage) came out of the AHL All-Star break Friday night with their most convincing victory of the season, a 5-0 road shutout of the Portland Pirates. Magnus Hellberg made a Wolf Pack season-high 35 saves in that game for his third whitewash of the season, and Tommy Hughes and Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist apiece. It was the Wolf Pack offense that ran dry Saturday night in Albany, though, as former Wolf Pack goaltender Yann Danis blanked Hartford in a 3-0 verdict for the Devils.  That was just the second loss in the last 12 games for the Wolf Pack, who have climbed to within three points of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: (FRI) SOUND TIGERS END PACK WINNING STREAK

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Bridgeport

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Taylor Beck’s two breakaway goals paced the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-1 win Friday night at the XL Center. The loss ended the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s eight game winning streak and extended the Bridgeport win streak to three games.

The Sound Tigers at 22-19-2-1 (47 points) are in fifth place in the Atlantic. The Wolf Pack are 22-19-2-0 (46 points) are sixth place in the Atlantic Division and have dropped to the eleventh spot in the conference.

Everything the Wolf Pack did in their winning streak was not in evidence in the game right from the start.

“It wasn’t very indicative of how we have been playing. I don’t want to go into too much detail. We didn’t play well tonight,” remarked a tense head coach Ken Gernander.

The Sound Tigers sealed off the win in third as Beck got a nice short pass from defenseman Scott Mayfield off a clearing in attempt by Ryan Bourque that was picked off by Bracken Kearns originally. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RAFFI DIAZ – LEADING THE WAY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The first half of the season was not the way that veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz  had planned it out.

Diaz signed a free agent one-way NHL deal ($700K) with the New York Rangers on July 1st. The thought of playing in the AHL wasn’t in the cards.

After being one of last cuts in New York’s training camp Diaz reported to Hartford and it turned into an adventurous first half.

Diaz played the first five games of the season and suffered an injury causing him to miss the next six. Then played the next five before suffering a true freak injury against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins on November 15. It was an injury that would force him to the sidelines for the next 25 games.

“I fell down in a funny, weird way and the muscle was torn. I just needed time for it to (heal) and grow again and make sure it’s 100 percent. It was longer than I thought it would be,” Diaz said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK SEND CURRAN TO GREENVILLE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK RETURN DEFENSEMAN KODIE CURRAN TO ECHL GREENVILLE

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Had Notched two Assists in 14 Wolf Pack Games

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 3, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has returned defenseman Kodie Curran to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Since his recall from Greenville December 14, Curran has skated in 14 games with the Wolf Pack, registering two assists, 16 penalty minutes, a +1 rating and 12 shots on goal.  A rookie out of the University of Calgary (Canada West Universities Athletic Association), Curran has played 25 games this season for Greenville, totaling three goals and ten assists for 13 points, along with 14 penalty minutes and a +3.

A 26-year-old native of Calgary, Alta., Curran was signed to an AHL contract by the Wolf Pack June 16, 2015.

The Wolf Pack’s first action after the All-Star break is this Friday, February 5, as they travel to Portland, ME to take on the Portland Pirates in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is Friday, February 12, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  At all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 1-7, 2016

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, The Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (23-20-2-0, 48 pts., .533 pts. percentage) stretched a winning streak to eight games, the second-longest in franchise history, with a 3-1 victory at Atlantic Division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night, before seeing the streak end Friday night at home, in a 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  The Pack then headed into the AHL All-Star break on a winning note, defeating the St. John’s IceCaps by a score of 4-1 on Saturday night, in front of a season-high crowd of 9,544 at the XL Center.  Wolf Pack scoring leader Chad Nehring (15-16-31) had his first career AHL multiple-goal game Saturday, with two tallies, and veteran centerman Travis Oleksuk had points in all three of the week’s games (1-2-3).

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CRAWFORD: RYAN GRAVES WINS HARDEST SHOT IN SKILLS COMPETITION

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK’S RYAN GRAVES WINS AHL SKILLS COMPETITON’S HARDEST SHOT EVENT

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Rookie Blueliner Uncorks 103.4 MPH Blast

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 1, 2016:  Hartford Wolf Pack rookie defenseman Ryan Graves won the Hardest Shot contest in Sunday’s 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Skills Competition at the historic War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY.

Graves, competing for the Eastern Conference All-Stars unleashed a drive of 103.4 miles-per-hour, which was more than three MPH faster than the next-hardest shot recorded in the event.  The 2013 New York Ranger fourth-round draftee (110th overall), who has notched 5-10-15 and is a +2 in 45 games with the Wolf Pack this season, also took part in the Skills Competition’s Panasonic Breakaway Relay.

Graves will skate tonight for the Atlantic Division squad in the 2016 Toyota AHL All-Star Challenge, a round-robin tournament among the league’s four divisions combining 4-on-4 and 3-on-3 play.  Start time is 7:00 PM, and the event will be telecast live on NESNplus, MSG Network and AHL Live (www.ahllive.com).

The Wolf Pack’s first action after the All-Star break is this Friday, February 5, as they travel to Portland, ME to take on the Portland Pirates in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is Friday, February 12, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  At all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

CANTLON: PACK ROLLING TO EIGHTH STRAIGHT WIN

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Wilkes-Barre, PA The Hartford Wolf Pack winning streak continues.

Jayson Megna had another two-point performance and Magnus Hellberg’s solid goaltending (27 saves) paced the Wolf Pack to a 3-1 road victory over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins in front of 4,673 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Wednesday night.

The Pack return home playing with enormous confidence for two games. Friday night they go head-to-head with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers while on Saturday the will mix it up with the St. John’s IceCaps in their last game before the AHL All-Star break.

The Pack advance their record to 22-19-2-0, good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth in the conference. They now trail St. John’s who sit in the eighth spot, only percentage points ahead of the Pack .547 to .535.

As they have throughout this streak the Pack scored the game’s first goal. This time in the final minute of the first period. Continue reading